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2012 Topps GoldRush promo cards set to feature horrific subliminal embeds

What’s that? oh yes, these card mocks have some imagery on them straight from the depths of hell.

Originals from Beckett:

Let’s zoom in on the top right:

What the? It looks like some pissed off demon guy is staring at me!

Lets up the contrast!

Actually that didn’t really help or hurt any, if you don’t see him I’ve created a handy labeled version:

And now the lower left:

Doesn’t really look like a face or anything at first glance, but after staring at it for awhile I was able to determine that it is in fact a collage of hellish faces twisting in agony, HELL SELL!

That’s not even mentioning the weird Beckett logo embed on the lower right, what’s up with that?


Posted by on December 7, 2011 in Ads, Topps


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Leaf’s NSCC promo cards to feature Alien Skull embeds


Here is the card (they all have the same background):


upper right crop:

^Looks like a couple skulls on the bottom, upside down. If you move up and to the right you can see plenty more, plus there’s one of those weird demented looking elves near the top, sort of like:

from the Leviev ad

upper left:

lower left: (top right of image, two big ol alien eye sockets!)

lower right: (upper right again, plus all sorts of other vulgarities)

previously in subliminal advertising:


Sage’s Alien Skull

Pretty Little Liars



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Posted by on July 5, 2011 in Ads


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2011 Sage Big Time Alien Skulls

2011 Sage has a weird insert called “Big Time”, with all sorts of embedded vulgarities and other such strangeness.  (See video):

Here is the preview image for the card I was zooming in on in the video:

Zoomed in:

Its like an alien skull or something, freaky!

Here’s an equalized (in Photoshop) version:



Posted by on March 26, 2011 in Ads, Jake Break


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Leviev, Extraordinary Diamonds and wierd subliminal embeds

This ad is from the Robb Report December issue:

click to embiggen

There are a lot of shenanigans going on here, first lets look at the top rose petals:

Hmm, that’s odd.  Looks like a slightly face in the middle.

Lets zoom in!

And again!

Looks kind of like some kind of cartoonish face, lets lower the saturation

Now it looks like the face has a forehead, and is maybe wearing a pointed hat, like a wizard!  This is fun!

If this was an isolated incident within the ad then you could say that I’m seeing things, but it’s not!

Lets zoom in on the lower right petal arrangement!

do you see him? Looks like the same guy flipped horizontally.

zooming in..

and in..

and lowering saturation…

Yup, pretty weird!

But that’s not all!

All the diamonds have freaking demon claws wrapped around them (this of course may be how they actually are, which if you think about it actually makes the art direction make sense)

I’ve cropped it out of the above picture, but there’s something else just to the left of this diamond (this is the lowest hanging diamond).  No need to zoom in on that one!

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Posted by on March 15, 2011 in Ads


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Pretty Little Liars Subliminal Ad Campaign

So I guess there’s this new show (or returning) called “Pretty Little Liars”.  I’ve seen this promotional shot for it everywhere, in Entertainment Weekly, YouTube, Facebook (see pics)

Scan of ad from Entertainment Weekly

Pretty Little Liars one sheet from Facebook

My YouTube page screenshot

^Notice on the above that the girl has a clean finger.  (when you let the ad play it starts showing different images of the actresses from that shoot, all clean, no mud).

This is significant because it implies that all that mud and dirt were added later using Photoshop.  Why does that matter? Because if that’s the case then all the dirt and mud you see on them isn’t real, and not arranged randomly, (like it would be if someone was just slopping it on).  Even if the above screen shot is a different photo I still think the mud (in the original) would be added in post production in order to make sure everything looks good.

This is obviously an expensive ad campaign.  This one image is critical for pulling in new viewers.  So lets take a closer look,,,,

I’ll use the scan from my Entertainment Weekly (these are all the same image though).

Lets zoom in on the middle girl, who apparently wants the audience to keep a secret, what could it be?



look at the smudge about halfway down her arm, zooming in:

Aw god, don’t tell me, is that?

arm closeup, with embed highlighted

yup, it’s a cock.

I’ll use the image in its wallpaper form for the next one:

lets zoom in on the girl on the right hand side’s leg:

and closer:

look right above the “C”:

I’ll trace it below:


Ok, now lets apply the “glowing edges” Photoshop filter to the whole image (Glowing Edges Identifies the edges of color and adds a neon-like glow to them.)

and zoom in on the middle girl’s shoulder:

WTF? Demon Face? and the cock is clearly present below, as well as who knows what else demonic shit

Next lets apply the “Find Edges” filter, set to a multiply blending mode (Find Edges: Identifies the areas of the image with significant transitions and emphasizes the edges.)

Find Edges filter, same area as above on ad

"don't tell anybody, but I've got embeded penis's and demon face's all over my body"

Now all of this could very well be bullshit, but there are many many many examples of embedded images contained within print ads from the past.  It’s what they call the “hell sell” technique.  Your conscious mind dismisses any imagery like the above because it doesn’t fit into any preconceived notions of what you should be seeing.  Your unconscious however, sees everything.  So the offensive imagery is delivered to you subliminally.  These manifest themselves in ways you can’t detect consciously, and influence what you buy, watch, do ect.

But wait a minute Tom, you’re just seeing what your dirty mind want to see.

While this is possible, you have to look at the context of the images.  This isn’t a cloud or natural rock formation.  This is a very expensive ad campaign created by professional designers who (I’m sure) spent a lot of time on it.  Plus there is ample evidence that this kind of thing has been done in the past.  Clouds have never been found guilty of forming dirty images because 1) clouds aren’t sentient, and 2) (and this applies to anything natural) there isn’t any possible gain, unlike advertisers who have spent billions upon billions researching the human psyche.

For more on this topic, check out the following:

Or search YouTube for: Subliminal Ads

And watch this video:

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Posted by on January 3, 2011 in Ads


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